Providing learning opportunities at the right time to the right employees and making sure they contain the right materials is not a new concept. Just recently through my involvement with the eLearning Network, I have been fortunate to be a mentor for a person over in the UK.

Mentoring is an intriguing and increasingly common approach to development, and exists informally in almost every organization. Some organizations capitalize on this principle, encourage the practice, and develop formal guidelines. My understanding is that a mentor is someone who helps other individuals with their career development. Specifically, mentors teach, guide, advise, counsel, and supervise, as well as serve as role models and typically the mentor is in the same department, division, plant, or location as the person being mentored.

Mentoring requires establishing a relationship with an experienced, influential professional, internal or external to the organization. For the relationship to be productive, there must be a good match between the mentor and the mentee.

From my experience, both must be willing participants in the process and an awareness of what constitutes good mentoring will allow many managers to utilize their daily interactions to develop employees. I hope I can help my mentee with his goals and requirements, so far it is going well.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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